Just because you have children it doesn’t necessarily follow that you can’t have a stylish home.
While your little monsters might not make the latest cream sofa and biscuit Berber seem like a particularly good choice and there’s an obvious tendency towards bright plastic toys littering your art deco inspired living room, there’s still lots you can do to give your home a stylish make-over even the Habitat generation fashionistas would be proud of.
Creative Family Home by Ashlyn Gibson, is published next month, and is well worth a look if you want to rid your home of garish yellow and red kid-friendly plastic toys.
The book examines both practical and decorative problems and gives some great advice for how to successfully navigate the divide between the polar opposites that are style conscious parents and their un-naturally lively young children.
Let’s face it, all parents need a helping hand in terms of style ideas and strategy if they’re to avoid their home looking like an outpost for Toys ‘R Us.
Colour and pattern, making the most of your space and practical storage solutions are all real issues in the modern, child-occupied home. Ashlyn Gibson’s book even features real homes from across Europe notable for their fresh ideas on family living – so you can see for yourself what is possible and stem the cynicism that tells you it simply isn’t possible.
It’s become an un-necessary and unwritten law that having young children can mean style at home takes a back seat.
That’s no longer the case.
Gibson’s actually involves the children in the crucial decorating decisions and encourages the whole family to express themselves in the design of her home. She even took the children to art galleries to help them become inspired about choosing colours for their rooms.
The children responded well to Gibson’s spontaneity and she gave them some guidance and inspiration to work from but it was also crucial to allow their imagination to run free for a successful outcome.
It may sound a brave move but it has paid dividends and the visual results are jaw-droppingly gorgeous.
Check out Ashlyn Gibson’s story and book and further ideas for transforming your home from toy shop to talked about style icon here: